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  • Gervinho fires Parma past Cagliari

    Gervinho was on the scoresheet as Parma defeated Cagliari Calcio 2-0 in Saturday’s Italian Serie A encounter. The former Arsenal forward joined the men in the Yellow and Blues stripes last month on a free transfer from Hebei China Fortune to end his three-year stay in China. Th...

    Gervinho fires Parma past Cagliari

    Gervinho was on the scoresheet as Parma defeated Cagliari Calcio 2-0 in Saturday’s Italian Serie A encounter. The former Arsenal forward joined the men in the Yellow and Blues stripes last month on a free transfer from Hebei China Fortune to end his three-year stay in China. The Cote d'Ivoire international scored his second goal of the season in the 47th minute after Roberto Inglese had earlier opened the scoring for Roberto D'Aversa’s men in the 20th minute. Gervinho was replaced by Massimo Gobbi with five minutes left to play as the Crusaders returned to winning ways after a five-game winless run. The victory saw Parma moved to the seventh spot in the league log with seven points from five games. They take on Napoli in their next league game at Stadio San Paolo on September 26.

  • LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

  • Douglas Costa has paid his fine for Sass...

    Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Juventus winger Douglas Costa has paid a fine for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco and urged the media to move on from the incident. Towards the end of Juve's 2-1 win in their last Serie A fixture, Costa and Di Francesco clashed, the Br...

    Douglas Costa has paid his fine for Sassuolo spitting incident – Allegri

    Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Juventus winger Douglas Costa has paid a fine for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco and urged the media to move on from the incident. Towards the end of Juve's 2-1 win in their last Serie A fixture, Costa and Di Francesco clashed, the Brazilian headbutting and elbowing his opponent, before then also spitting in his face. Costa was served with a four-match ban by the Serie A authorities and has been widely condemned, with Allegri among those to criticise him. Allegri said in the aftermath that Costa was to be fined by Juve, on top of the punishment handed down by Serie A. Now Allegri just wants to move on, with Costa paying for his actions. Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Saturday, Allegri said: "With regards to Douglas Costa, he's paid the fine and he's understood what he's done. "What's more, he is also now injured. It is all behind us, so let's move on from the episode against Sassuolo. No more talking about Sassuolo." In the eyes of some, Paulo Dybala has been the player most impacted by Cristiano Ronaldo's pre-season arrival, with the Argentina international starting just two of their four league games so far. But the 24-year-old will be returning to Juve's line-up when they travel to Frosinone on Sunday. "Dybala will start tomorrow [Sunday], I can confirm that," Allegri said. "He is an important player. "He's got goals in those legs and he can play as a centre-forward as well, though I would have to make some alterations if he did [play centre-forward]. "The team is improving in general and getting to know each other better. Ronaldo provides a wonderful added value for us, as his performances prove. "But the team doesn't depend on him. There are lofty expectations around Cristiano and he's also extremely demanding of himself, but he doesn't have anything to prove. "He just needs to play, enjoy himself and score goals. What happened on Wednesday [controversial red card against Valencia] is already behind us."

  • Kluivert to make first Serie A start for...

    Eusebio Di Francesco will hand Justin Kluivert his first Serie A start against Bologna in an attempt to snap an underperforming Roma out of their slumber. Last season's Champions League semi-finalists crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Real Madrid in midweek that stretched their winles...

    Kluivert to make first Serie A start for Roma as Di Francesco demands focus

    Eusebio Di Francesco will hand Justin Kluivert his first Serie A start against Bologna in an attempt to snap an underperforming Roma out of their slumber. Last season's Champions League semi-finalists crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Real Madrid in midweek that stretched their winless run to four matches. Di Francesco has diagnosed a lack of intensity and focus as the problem and will turn to Kluivert on Sunday after omitting him from the matchday squad in Spain. The winger, signed from Ajax to much fanfare, has only appeared three times as a substitute, but his coach insists the impending opportunity "shows the faith" Roma have in their new signing. And the Giallorossi boss Di Francesco expects the selection shake-up to help unlock the team's potential. "We need a bit more fire in our bellies. It's my job as the coach to get that from my players," he said. "The fans want to see it and it's right they should demand it. We need to play aggressively because that's the only way to get results. "Everyone is trying to identify problems at the moment while I'm looking for solutions. "It's not about fitness but conviction. We're not focused enough to step in and make up for a team-mate's mistake. I want them all to go that extra yard." Kluivert could be joined in the starting XI by fellow teenager Nicolo Zaniolo, who was handed a shock debut against Madrid on Wednesday. Di Francesco insisted there was no ulterior motive behind the 19-year-old's inclusion and that another appearance is possible at Bologna. "Picking Nicolo Zaniolo in the starting line-up at the Bernabeu wasn't just about sending a message," he said. "He could make his Serie A debut too. He's got plenty of ability. All my choices are geared towards what's best for Roma."

  • We did not want to sell him - Perez insi...

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning E...

    We did not want to sell him - Perez insists Madrid got 'highest value' for Ronaldo

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning European champions to Juventus, ending a trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital. The Portuguese forward won the Champions League four times and La Liga twice, while he is also Los Blancos' all-time leading goal-scorer. However, speaking ahead of the club's ordinary and extraordinary general meetings on Sunday, president Perez explained the reasons behind the transfer – and insisted Madrid got the best possible deal for the 33-year-old. "The release clauses are not there to be paid. If there has to be sale, it is negotiated," he said. "We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him. "We got the highest value we could." Perez is hoping to seal approval at the meetings to push forward with plans to loan money for the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu, though the proposed changes will not see a major increase in the stadium's overall capacity. "We have to make a decision on the work, by the end of the year, and on the financing issue," he added. "The estimated time of the development is three and a half years, which will be compatible with the sporting calendar.  "The capacity will not increase, although there will be 800 new spaces for people with disabilities."

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